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June 26, 1925 ~ June 5, 2023 (age 97) 97 Years Old
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On June 5, 2023, Peter Phillip Veregin of Yorkton, Saskatchewan, and formerly of Benito, Manitoba, passed away at the age of 97 years.
He is survived by his wife of 77 years of marriage - Laura Veregin (Strilaeff). He is also survived by his two daughters: Deanna Taillefer (Mervyn) of High River, Alberta; Eileen Konkin (Fred) of Pelly, Saskatchewan. As well as two granddaughters: Cynthia Konkin (Edmonton, Alberta) and Angela Konkin (Winnipeg, Manitoba); and one great granddaughter - Sabine Konkin Bouchard.
He is predeceased by his parents: Phillip and Nellie Veregin (Benito, Manitoba); and two brothers Nick and Frank.
Peter was born on a Doukhobour village south of Arran, SK. Later he moved with his family to Thunder Bird District, SK, where we attended school and met his future wife, Laura. They married in 1945 and began farming in this location where their daughters were also born. In 1964, they moved to Benito where Laura took a position at the hospital, and Peter worked for the Manitoba Pool Elevators in Kenville for several years. He eventually became custodian at the Swan Valley School Division in Benito until his retirement in 1986.
He served on the Manitoba Council of the Aging board of directors for many years. He and Laura belonged to the Benito Doukhobour Society and the Veregin National Heritage Village, as well as the Doukhobours of Saskatchewan Society.
Peter and Laura together enjoyed horticulture and each year grew an amazing flower and vegetable garden in their back yard. They also travelled extensively including all across Canada, the US, Cuba, Mexico, Europe and Russia. On one occasion, they were able to explore the southern Russian region of Georgia where Peter’s ancestors originated from.
Peter was a philosophical man who enjoyed reading many books, watching the news, contemplating life, and society, as well as connecting with people of all ages. He was known for his generosity, kindness, sensitivity, and compassionate nature. He was a very humble, calm, gentle person who loved many people and was equally loved by them.
When asked towards the end of his life, how he became such a patient person, his response was “I always treated all people with kindness.”
He was laid to rest on June 13, 2023, at a private ceremony held at the Benito Cemetery, Benito, MB.